Examination of Exercise Addictions in Sedentary Individuals

Baha Engin ÇELİKEL


In order to ensure that individuals can maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is essential to establish a regular exercise routine. This research aims to investigate a sedentary exercise programme and contribute to a healthy life in the years to come. The population of the research consists of sedentary individuals living in Elazığ province. The sample consists of 283 sedentary individuals, of which 168 are female and 115 are male. Our study consists of two parts. In the first part, a personal information form is used for the participants, while in the second part, a 21-item exercise scale (EDS-21) is used. The results show significant symptomatic indications in individuals (p<0.05). Asymptomatic individuals were found among those involved in active sports, while symptomatic cases were identified in both individual and team sports. For the EDS-21 sub-dimensions, there was a statistically significant difference in gender, with males scoring higher than females, and active sports participants scoring higher than non-active individuals (p<0.05). Although no statistically significant differences were found between the groups in terms of body weight, a statistically significant difference was found based on weekly exercise status (p<0.05).

In conclusion, the EDS-21 symptoms of sedentary individuals indicated that females were asymptomatic while males were symptomatic, and that active exercisers were symptomatic while non-exercisers were asymptomatic. In terms of the sub-dimensions of the EDS-21, males were found to be more exercise dependent than females, and active sports participants had higher scores than non-exercisers. In light of this research, informing individuals about exercise dependence could contribute to the healthy upbringing of future generations.

Keywords: Dependent, Exercise, Sedentary, Sport

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